It has changed to cold, and this kind of weather makes mothers with their little children very worried. Not only in the question of keeping their children warm when sleeping, they have to care for bathing their children in winter, how to bathe their children in a safe way. Particularly, for those who are mothers for the first time, they will be very anxious for their children, fearing that they would catch a cold if not properly bathed. The article below is expected to help mothers quickly become “experts” in this area!
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Important points when bathing your child in winter
- Bathing time suits your child: Avoid bathing your child too early or too late during the day, and no bathing from 11h – 13h. The most ideal time for bathing is from 10h-10h30 or after 13h to before 16h. Bathing duration must not last over 5 minutes from your child reaches the water till it leaves the bath-basin, to ensure the water is still warm enough for the child. And in winter, your child needs only 2 – 3 times a week.
- Do not get your child to take off all clothes: For small children, especially newborns, get your child to take off where it is needed to be washed, not taking off all at the same time. After washing and cleaning, quickly wrap your child in towel to dry and keep it warm. When dressing your child, dress wherever the towel is taken off.
- Bathe up from down: An important rule of bathing children in winter is to start up from down. Was your child’s feet first, then gradually upwards. The last step is to a very fast wash to the head to keep your child from catching a cold when it is wet. Put a large towel on the child’s chest and continuously pour warm water slightly on it.
- In winter, bathing is not necessarily a daily must, but cleaning must be kept on for child every day. Children do not work as adults, they therefore perspire less and are less dirty; you should merely clean your child’s body with warm water and pay special attention to cleaning and drying the section from the navel to the feet every day. Bathing can be on a twice a week basis.
- Choose the right shower cream: In winter, you should choose for the child the kinds of shower cream that contain mild moisturizer suitable for the child as recommended by manufacturers or specialists.
- Newborn’s skin is very soft, before the baby reaches 6 months old, you should not use soap or pieces of absorbent cotton, as these may deprive the baby’s skin of natural oil and cause dry skin.
- Wash hair only after wiping your child’s body. This is a scientific way of washing up not only for small children but also adults. Washing hair after bathing helps the brain timely receive and adjust to signs of change in the body. In this way, the child’s brain can be protected.
- You should never wash up, wipe the child when it is hungry. The child will cry, struggle, trample higgdly-piggedly. And should also not wipe the child’s body immediately after it is full, since drastic movements will be likely to cause the child’s vomiting.
Important steps to bathe your child in winter
Step 1: Paying attention to bathroom temperature, it should be over 230C.
If the room temperature is too low in winter, you should equip the room with warming devices such as air conditioners, warming fans to make the air warmer. You should remember not to direct the air conditioner or warming fan directly to the child’s body, for this would cause dry skin or burnt to the child.
In the case of bathing your child in bathroom, remember to close the door, window. Avoid gaps that result in being in the draught. There should be warming machine to turn on to warm up the air before undressing and giving your child a bath.
Step 2: Preparing everything necessary
Before bathing your child, you should get sufficient clothes, socks, gloves ready on the bed so that after finish you can dress the child immediately to prevent it from catching a cold.
Bathing tools include:
- 2 basins, 1 for putting your child in, 1 for containing water for rinsing the child when finalizing.
- Bathing water should be cool boiled water mixed with warm water. You may estimate by using the elbow or wrist, or to be more careful, a thermometer (with an appropriate temperature 32-340C – equal to the temperature in the mother’s fetus). It should be noted that no matter how cold the weather is, you should absolutely not make a too hot mix to avoid causing damage to the child’s sensitive skin.
- 2 coarse towels, 1 for washing face, the other for drying.
- Thick bath towel and large-sized thin coarse towel: The thick bath towel outside, the coarse towel as lining inside to absorb water immediately after bathing and to wrap and keep warm for the child.
- Get clothes, socks, gloves and newborn top hat ready. To be more careful, you may prewarm your child’s clothes by wrapping around you or holding before the warming fan, then wrapping with and keeping it in a towel.
- Shower cream: You should choose for the child the kinds of shower cream that contain mild moisturizer, avoid using soap or absorbent cotton, as these may deprive the baby’s skin of natural oil and cause dry skin.
Step 3: Putting your child into the bath-basin
- Before putting your child into the water, hold the child in your arms for about 5-10 minutes to transfer heat from you to the baby.
- Undress the shirt and diapers, then put the baby into the basin. You can put a thick towel at the bottom of the basin for anti-slipping purpose.
- Put your baby lying in the bathtub, the water level should be around 8 cm or up to its shoulders.
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Step 4: Washing your child’s face first
- Was your child’s face first with clean water. Carefully clean your child’s eyes and nose with cotton wool. Then clean the child’s whole face with soft material towel. Be careful not to drop water into your child’s eyes.
- After washing face, proceed with washing hair. Pay attention to wipe dry the head immediately after washing the hair clean to avoid dropping water into the ears. When bathing the whole body, manipulate promptly to avoid lowering the temperature; particularly, special attention should be paid to folding areas like neck, hip where more thorough cleaning is needed. If your child lie prostrate, it will less be afraid.
Step 5: Replacing navel bandage, taking care of skin and putting on clothes, diapers for the baby
After finishing all steps above, wrap your baby up in a clean, soft towel from top to feet. Then hold your baby close to you, wipe the whole body dry (particularly folding skin, dry and keep the sole of the feet warm), put on the shirt. Next, pasteurize your hands with 700C alcohol and replace the navel bandage, apply rash cream to neck, armpits, chest, back, elbows, anus, groins. If noticing, you will see that the baby’s lips will look pale soon after getting out of the basin and after being wrapped and warmed, its lips will be rosy again. When rosiness returns to your baby’s lips, open the towel slowly, dress where you have opened… The final step is to clean the helices, nose with cotton wools moistened with warm water, put the hat on and wrap your baby up in a blanket.
When cleaning your baby’s body, pay attention to the chest, back, face, and the very important part that needs to be dry and warm immediately, that is the sole of the feet.
Then, Everything is done! With this procedure you can be self-confident in the role of a reliant protector for your always clean, sweet-scented and healthy baby no matter how cold the weather could be.
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